Game of Thrones on HBO last night and with the second episode in, shows why a second season was granted so very soon. A story like this must be told on the screen and what a story. Also the title sequence was a bit different, could you tell? The opening is just as good as the episode that preceded it.
The Stark’s (Ned, Arya, Sansa) are all journeying to Kings Landing with King Robert. On the way there, an incident happens that hurt’s both sisters, and makes a father have to choose between the love of his king and the love of his daughter.
Jon Snow and along for the ride, Tyrion, are on their way to the wall, so that Jon can take up the Black as his uncle Benjen.
Daenerys learns to please her husband, and starts to sway him with her wiles.
Catelyn watched over Bran day and night and is there when a stranger tries to kill her son.
Daenerys is beginning to come into her own with Khal Drogo by taking the initiative to learn how to please him, which is working in her favor. Drogo spoke not once in the whole episode, and yet is silence spoke volumes as to the type of character he is. And as a female I can admit, seeing his naked bum, well it made up for the silent treatment.
Jon Snow decided to take up the Black, because as a bastard he is a bit jealous of his true born siblings and this is the only way to make something of himself instead of just being a Stark Bastard. Yet while on their way to the wall Jon is beginning to suspect that the course he has chosen is not as noble as he suspects, which Tyrion is quick to point out.
Tyrion, while short in stature, shows his nephew that he is a man grown, when he slaps Prince Joffrey three times to get his point across.
Cersei, upon hearing that Bran is still alive from Tyrion who shows up to eat breakfast, goes to check for herself and talks to Catelyn about praying and losing a child herself many years ago. Let it be known that Cersei is an evil cunning witch who’d do anything to keep her secrets.
Poor Sansa and poor Arya. On their way to Kings Landing and they learn for themselves how cunning the Queen is, yet Sansa will not truly learn this until later.
Catelyn shows just how mama bear she can be by saving her son from a would be killer.
The story is moving along at a steady pace, not too fast and not too slow. All the major characters , those who have a part to play are being introduced. The direwolves also play a role, though by end of the episode the Stark children are down two, meaning the two girls, the ones who really needed their wolves the most will not have that added protection.
For those not used to Game of Thrones, the dark, heavy undertones may be a bit much, but it such an integral part of the story. But don’t let that turn you away, because while the story is good, the best thing for me is the character study of human nature. The lengths people go to and in this episode we see a Queen who will do anything, even hurt her subjects to get what she wants, a bastard boy running to be a part of the Nights Watch, only to see it may not be noble after all. A young girl thrust upon a culture she knew nothing about, yet is learning to see through their eyes and become a stronger person for it. A mother who fights for her child and the wolf that she banishes is now another protector against those who will kill Bran for what he knows.
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Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9pme/p on HBO.
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